Elisabeth Picard is fascinated by the processes of growth and transformation in the living world and the architecture of natural forms. She has made ingenious use of textile structure-making techniques, including basketry, knot work and dyeing, to create large-scale installations using nylon ties. Having incorporated light as a material and lighting programming in her sculptures, Picard is focusing her current research on two creative poles: fixed compositions in space associated with traditional sculpture and moving compositions generated by motor. The unifying idea is created by the line and the knot that unfolds in space like animate or inanimate matter. The various works evoke the principle that “all matter is endowed with life”; by perpetual movement, but also by a mechanical sensibility that suggests the natural turning and bending of living beings.
Elisabeth Picard’s artistic research has been supported by Concordia University, SSHRC, FQRSC, CALQ and SODEC. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Cuba, France and Lithuania as well as in several publications and international sites. She has participated in the Biennale internationale du lin in Portneuf, the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, the Red Bull Music Academy Montréal at the Phi Center, the Subtle Technologies Festival in Toronto, Le Banquet at the Salon Révélations in the Grand Palais in Paris and Joueuses/joueurs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Picard has been in residence at Est-Nord-Est in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli QC, Artmandat in Barjols, France and The Rooms AIR residency in Gros Morne National Park (NL). To date she has created five permanent public artworks as part of Quebec’s art and architecture integration policy. She lives in Montreal.